News: lower-cost MacBook Air, Apple Television Set, Microsoft's SkyDrive, and more!
The rumours say a lower-cost MacBook Air will launch in Q3 2012 for US $799, which will aggressively combat Intel's lineup of Ultrabooks. DigiTimes has been reported as saying that the aggressively-priced MacBook Air news comes from upstream in Apple's supply chain, and speculation says the new MacBook Airs will be priced competitively in order to counter second-generation Ultrabooks from Intel's specification.
New rumours surrounding the impending Apple Television Set include the fact that it may or may not include Siri, the assistant included with the iPhone 4S. Not only that, but Cult of Mac say that it will also include some kind of head-tracking FaceTime mechanism, in addition to looking very similar to the current generation Thunderbolt display, only sizeably larger to accommodate a television-sized display.
Microsoft's cloud storage offering for consumers, SkyDrive, has been around for a while now, but it isn't until now that they have begun actively marketing it to users. To that end, Microsoft has even gone to the trouble of putting together a iCloud versus SkyDrive page in order to educate customers on the differences between iCloud and SkyDrive.
Apple has held patents on antennas as part of a Mac portable enclosure for as long as I can remember, but there's been no indication that Apple are building 3G (or for that matter, 4G) radios into Macs. Mac AppStorm ask the question: when will we see 4G MacBooks?